Simplicity 4045 - ~The LBD~

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Project Details

Pattern: Simplicity 4045 - View A
Fashion Fabric - Textured Knit
Underlining - Polyester Interlock

Description: Misses bias cut dress

I was inspired to do this dress by all of the baby doll and trapeze shapes that were on the RTW runway for Spring '07. Also, I saw that my blogging buddy Chanel over at Hip Candy had refashioned a black mini and I knew that I had to have one too.

I had had this pattern in my stash for months, but it was something about it that just didn't 'pop' for me. After I saw an array of babydolls hit the runway, I decided that this pattern had potential. I did a few modifications to get the look that I wanted.

  • With the fabric I chose, it was quite flimsy and transparent, so I underlined it with polyester interlock so I wouldn't have to be bothered with wearing a slip.
  • I trimmed the front and back neckband by an inch off of the top so that I could achieve more of a scooped neck which is much more flattering (on me) than the original.
  • Instead of using the suggested gathers in the center, I decided to use pleats instead... again more flattering on me.
  • I cut the dress in a size 14 and gradually brought it out to a size 18, below the waist for more of an a-line cut.
  • I cut the bottom off 4 inches so that it would be an actual mini-dress.
This is a very simple and easy to complete pattern... it took a whole 2 hours to finish! I give this one "the thumbs up"!

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